Be Your Own Barista: 10 Tips to Put in Your Jar

From festive drinks, to foamy toppers, to feel-good, free-trade coffee—we live (and loiter) for that coffeehouse craft. But what if you don’t want to leave the house? What if pants are just *too hard* to put on that day? We hear you, and so does Reddi-wip. Thanks to their hip, new Barista Series (did somebody say Nitro Coffee Creamer?) you can infuse or top your morning brew with tasty, trendy sweet cream flavor. But before we get ahead of our caffeinated selves, we’re going to show you how to brew the best coffee at home. So get your coffee beans ready and the playlist queued. ‘Cause there’s a new barista in town. (That’s you.)

1. Know your coffee bean

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Knowing where your coffee comes from is important for many reasons. In terms of its taste, your coffee’s acidity, strength and flavor are dependent on its growing region. Usually coffee beans from Africa are dark and acidic, while coffee from South America is less acidic and more of a medium roast. If you’re unsure where to start, try Guatemalan. Grown in Central America, this coffee is balanced in flavor and medium in roast.

2. Buy whole bean coffee

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When it comes to coffee, it’s okay to splurge. After all, a good cup’a’joe starts with a good batch’a’beans, and whole bean coffee will always be fresher and more flavorful. A lot of baristas will buy their coffee and espresso beans from a small-batch artisan coffee roaster. But if you can’t find a local coffee roaster in your area, you can still make high-quality coffee at home by purchasing whole bean coffee and grinding the beans yourself.

3. Store coffee in a ceramic canister

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Once opened, coffee should be stored in a canister that shields sunlight. We suggest finding a ceramic or dark-colored glass container to keep your coffee fresher. Just don’t freeze it. When you freeze coffee, there’s a chance that it will absorb moisture, which can affect its taste.

4. Grind only what you need

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You’ll never win with batch grinding, as convenient as it may be. Coffee freshness doesn’t last forever, so keep your at-home coffee as fresh as possible by only grinding the amount of coffee beans you plan to use.

5. Invest in a scale

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For the best brew, you’re going to want a scale. Sure—you’re just measuring water and coffee, but you’ll want to have precise measurements of both to get the strength and balance right for you. Most baristas will measure 180 grams of whole bean coffee per carafe. Keep in mind each carafe makes 12 8 oz. cups. At home, for a 6-cup, automatic drip coffeemaker, we recommend measuring out 90 grams of whole bean coffee onto your scale before grinding and brewing.

6. Use filtered water

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When it comes to brewing coffee—water matters. That’s why most coffeehouses use filtered water to make their coffee and espresso drinks. At home, you might want to keep a pitcher of filtered water in the fridge. Then, when you’re ready, you’ll heat it to roughly 195°F to 250°F.

7. Brewing methods matter

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Not all brewing methods are created equal, so you’ll want to choose something that works best with your lifestyle (and taste buds). For an easy, mild pot of coffee, an automatic drip coffeemaker is your best bet. Meanwhile, the French Press is a great, low-maintenance way to get yourself a bolder, heavier-hitting brew. But if you’re simply wanting a smooth cup for one, a nice pour over could do the trick. Whatever method you ultimately choose, just know you’ll have to adjust how course you grind your coffee.

8. Clean your coffeemaker often

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Coffee beans have oil, so you’ll need to wash your pot. Leftover oil will affect the flavor of your next brew (read: burnt yuck), so we recommend cleaning your machines daily. Oh, and leftover grounds? You can compost those bad boys.

9. Whip it up!

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Nitro creamer and sweet foam topper are all the rage right now, but no one’s really mastered replicating them at home. (Until now!) In just a few shakes, Reddi-wip’s Nitro Coffee Creamer adds velvety texture to make your cold brews creamy and your morning lattes quick. But if you’re just looking for a tasty way to top things off, you’ll want to use the Sweet Foam Coffee Topper. Hot or cold, spiked or straight, your drinks will love its lightly-sweet foam and beautiful, barista-style finish. We’re drooling just explaining it to you.

10. Create your at-home menu

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Now that you know how to make barista style coffee at home, let’s get those favorite drinks down pat! Before you invite your friends over as your pretend patrons, here are six recipes to add to your barista repertoire.

Hot drinks

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Don’t skip the whip on this fan favorite. Top this homemade treat with Reddi-wip Sweet Foam and Instagram the heck out of your impressive self.

Chai Tea Latte

Looking for an easy way to spice up your daily routine? This comforting pick-me-up is here for it.

Dulche De Leche Latte

4 ingredients—one creamy, caramelly, can’t-get-enough masterpiece. Finish with a Reddi-wip Sweet Foam and admire your work of art from the coziest spot in the house.

Irish Coffee

The perks of being a stay-at-home barista? The fact that you can have your boozy coffee and drink it too (feet propped and all).

Cold Drinks

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Ice Cold Brew Coffee with Creamer

Homemade cold brew? Now that’s cool beans. (Terrible pun aside), give Reddi-wip’s Nitro Creamer a whirl when adding sweet and velvety richness to your go-to refreshing drink.

Creamy Coffee Ice Cubes

Don’t let watery iced coffee get you down. Infused with Reddi-wip Nitro Creamer, these sweet cubes keep your cold brew sweet and in-tact.

There you have it! You’re officially on that barista #grind. Next time life gets hectic, just push pause and stop and smell the roasted beans (and the roses. Those are nice, too.)

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